Caramel Apple Salad

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2012

When I think of Fall, two specific foods come to mind…

  1. Pumpkin Pie
  2. Caramel Apples

I’ve already made a bunch of pumpkin recipes, so I figured it was time for the Caramel Apples — but since I didn’t feel like creating a sticky mess in my new kitchen, I whipped up this delicious (and super simple) recipe for Caramel Apple Salad instead.

I’ve had variations of it at different potlucks and church picnics throughout the years… but of course, I like mine the best 🙂

So if you’re in the mood for a caramel apple but don’t necessarily feel like going through all that work; take 10 minutes to make this delicious, light, fluffy Caramel Apple Salad instead!

Recipe for Caramel Apple Salad:

{print this recipe}

serves 8-10


  • one 3 oz. box Butterscotch Instant Pudding {just the dry mix and it MUST be instant}
  • 8-10 oz crushed pineapple with juice {I just dump in about 1/2 of the big 20 oz. cans
  • one 8 oz. tub Cool Whip {or you can make your own whipped cream}
  • 1 c. salted peanuts
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. chopped Snickers bars {optional — we only add this if it’s going to be a dessert}
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples {minus one slice for my loyal helper!}


  • In a medium bowl, mix the butterscotch pudding mix with the crushed pineapple until the pudding thickens
  • Fold in Cool Whip until combined
  • Stir in the nuts and marshmallows {and Snickers if applicable}
  • Core and chop apples into bite-size pieces {I leave the peelings on, but you could also peel them}
  • Stir in chopped apples and mix until everything is combined
  • Eat immediately or cover and refrigerate for later
  • Enjoy your “Caramel Apples” without all the mess!

I made this salad for the first time last week Monday, and I made the second batch this weekend already! It’s a great side dish, snack, or dessert for almost any meal… and if you bring it to a potluck, you probably won’t come home with leftovers!

What are your favorite Fall foods?

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  1. Angie


    Just curious, why butterscotch & pineapple? Why not just use the caramel pudding? I ask because I have the caramel pudding on hand but not the butterscotch & pineapple 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    I guess because that’s how I’ve ALWAYS made it, and how my mom ALWAYS made it. I honestly didn’t even know they had caramel pudding! I’m certain the caramel pudding would taste just fine!


  2. Lori


    What if you don’t like or can’t eat pineapple. Can you substitute another ingredient?


    Andrea Reply:

    I’m honestly not sure. I can’t think of anything to substitute with off the top of my head. Of course, you could just make the pudding with milk (like it calls for on the box) but I’m fairly confident that would change the flavor quite a bit.


    Kris Reply:

    Applesauce would good substitue


    Andrea Reply:

    Good idea — I never even thought of that!


  3. Trudy


    This looks amazing, can’t wait to try


  4. Debra


    Gorgeous little kitchen helper you have. Yummy recipe. 🙂


  5. Ashley S.


    Nora is a beautiful baby! Can’t wait to try the salad.


  6. monica good


    That salad looks so yummy! I just had to comment on Nora though; she is such a cutie!!